Black History Month and why it matters

  Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in October 1987 and has been celebrated every October ever since. Black History Month is a tribute to those from African and Caribbean backgrounds for their significant contributions to civilisation in past and present times, as well as being an opportunity to raise awareness and […]


Coming out – more than just a day

As we approach National Coming Out Day on 11 October 2021, it is worth bearing in mind what the ‘coming out’ process actually involves.  Many people will think of a person coming out (i.e. openly stating their sexuality or gender identity) as a singular event.  However, this is not quite correct.  Whilst it is true […]


Support the President’s Charity Prevent Breast Cancer this Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Our favourite time of year is here! October is the perfect excuse to rally up friends, family and colleagues, and raise as much breast cancer awareness as possible. Need inspiration? Take a look at our A-Z guide, and check out the suggestions below. Discover the power of prevent (POP) this October by either kicking […]


Identifying opportunities and embracing challenges for small UK law firms

The last eighteen months have been a tumultuous time for law firms in the United Kingdom (UK). In a profession that is typically office-based, firms had to adjust their standard operational practices and remote working became unavoidable. The regular business of running a law firm changed overnight. Despite the considerable disruptions to standard law firm […]


The Business of Business Interruption – Insurance Concepts, Forensic Issues and Broker Negligence

Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021 Time: 17:00-18:30 The Manchester Business and Property Courts Forum is delighted to welcome Cockerill J, the Judge in charge of the Commercial Court and the supervisory Judge of the Circuit Commercial Court. Cockerill J will be joined by Richard Chapman QC of 18 St John Street and Richard Cameron-Williams of […]


Pride in the law: experiences of the LGBT+ community within the legal profession

During LGBT+ History Month 2021, LGBT+ legal professionals and colleagues who consider themselves allies to the LGBT+ community, were invited by the national Law Society to take part in an online survey about their experiences of being LGBT+ or an ally in the legal sector. There were 617 individual responses to the survey, with 62% […]


Can you offer support for Afghan women judges, lawyers and human rights defenders?

Members of Law Society of England & Wales are making offers of assistance for Afghan legal professionals who arrive in the UK. Offers vary from hosting on arrival for a temporary period, mentoring, and welcoming with talks about the English legal system, sitting in for hearings, and general help to familiarise judges with the new legal environment. Please […]


SearchFlow launches ESG Due Diligence Reporting Service for Lawyers

SearchFlow, one of the UK’s largest providers of legal due diligence data for residential and commercial property transactions, has announced the launch of a new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) due diligence report service to support real estate lawyers in accurately assessing ESG risk during M&A and investment deals. As an extension of its due […]


Revised Guide to the Preparation and Service of Bundles, Skeleton Arguments and Authorities in the Business and Property Courts in Manchester

Please download the latest version of the Guide to the Preparation and Service of Bundles, Skeleton Arguments and Authorities in the Business and Property Courts in Manchester, revising and replacing the Guide published last November. The Guide reflects the fact that we are beginning to return to face-to-face hearings, and it seeks to build on […]


A New Procedural Dawn: a consideration of procedural matters for Business and Property Court practitioners in the coming months

Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021 Time: 17:00 Online meeting by Zoom With the Business and Property Courts slowly emerging from the Covid19 Pandemic, HHJ Pearce, HHJ Cawson QC and Nicola Richardson of Gateley plc will take stock and consider a number of procedural matters that will be coming to the fore for practitioners in the […]